Archives for Outlining

9 Things I’m doing to prep for NaNoWriMo, Part 1

As you may have read on my post about Pantsing vs. Plotting, I am a fervent outliner. The literary journey of my epic-in-progress is just too big to navigate by the seat of my pants. For that reason, I embark on my November NaNoWriMo experience with a well-developed outline of the novel already intact. My prep this year has mostly to do with revving up creative juices and clearing the decks before I set sail on the writing adventure that will, I hope, land me on the far shore of November 30 with the better part of a completed first draft. A first draft, mind you, that will be
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Pantsing vs. Plotting: My Road to Damascus

The Terrors of that crappy First Draft I have always hated first-draft writing. A year or so ago I came to understand why. After a quarter of a century in the writing game, I had made a habit of sitting down to the keyboard with insufficient preparation. Specifically, with mega-bundles of notes but an outline that amounted to little more than a handful of key ideas and scenes in my head. Really. The upshot: after a variety of missteps and false starts, it always took me w-a-y too long to finish a fracking first draft. Of almost anything. Case in point, my Freshman effort as a novelist. That
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